Addressing Human Vulnerability to Climate Change: Toward a 'No Regrets' Approach
World Bank - Social Development
Paul B. Siegel
July 10, 2008
Global Environmental Change, Forthcoming
This paper presents and applies a conceptual framework to address human vulnerability to climate change. Drawing upon social risk management and asset-based approaches, the conceptual framework provides a unifying lens to examine links between risks, adaptation, and vulnerability. The result is an integrated approach to increase the capacity of society to manage climate risks with a view to reduce the vulnerability of households and maintain or increase the opportunities for sustainable development. We identify 'no-regrets' adaptation interventions, meaning actions that generate net social benefits under all future scenarios of climate change and impacts. We also make the case for greater external support for community-based adaptation, discuss the role of social protection, and propose a research agenda.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 26
Keywords: climate change, adaptation, vulnerability
JEL Classification: O12
Date posted: July 11, 2008 ; Last revised: July 5, 2013
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